Use These 5 Tricks To Help Add Depth To Your Images And Video

Dec 1, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer based in Hawi, Hawaii. You can follow her Twitter here and her personal life here.

Use These 5 Tricks To Help Add Depth To Your Images And Video

Dec 1, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer based in Hawi, Hawaii. You can follow her Twitter here and her personal life here.

Join the Discussion

Share on:

RESURGENCE
The ability to create realistic depth in a photograph, a 2-dimensional plane, is the sign of a good photographer. When shooting stills or video, it’s an important detail to make sure your shots have depth. Sometimes, however, that is sometimes easier said than done. In the quick, 3-minute video clip below, cinematographer Matthew Rosen, covers his top 5 favorite ways to ensure his image aren’t falling flat. The video is geared towards cinematography and moving pictures, but many of the techniques can be transferred into still photography as well. Well worth a watch even if you never shoot video.

Tricks Of The Trade

In the beginning of the clip, Rosen explains why it’s important to have depth in an image, “It’s always my goal when I shoot to give this 2D image as much depth as I possibly can. The more tricks you have up your sleeve to conjure up depth, the more you will immerse your audience.” In order to achieve it, he suggests using these old tricks of the trade:

  • Lighting And Shadow – Use a higher contrast between light and shadow to create a deeper feel.
  • Focus – Use a shallow depth of field to create a visual of distance between subjects.
  • Perspective – Use a perspective that creates a convergence of parallel lines (think leading lines) to simulate a deep depth of field.
  • Parallax – Objects closest to the camera will appear to move quicker than those in the background.
  • Occlusion – A type of transition in which a foreground subject completely covers a subject in the background as the camera pans behind the foreground subject.

Let’s listen to Rosen break it down in the video clip:

YouTube video

[ via Filmmaker IQ ]

Filed Under:

Tagged With:

Find this interesting? Share it with your friends!

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer based in Hawi, Hawaii. You can follow her Twitter here and her personal life here.

Join the Discussion

DIYP Comment Policy
Be nice, be on-topic, no personal information or flames.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

One response to “Use These 5 Tricks To Help Add Depth To Your Images And Video”

  1. Angela Ferguson Avatar
    Angela Ferguson

    This is a well-explained, quick video. Well done!